Management and Governance matters: Status of the SEA Regional Office Building
AbstractComprehensive background information on the status of the WHO South-East Asia Regional Office Building in New Delhi, India, was presented to the Sixty-ninth session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in September 2016. This was a follow-up review exercise of the preliminary building report submitted at the previous session held in Dili, Timor Leste, in September 2015. Regional Committee Decision SEA/RC69(3) noted the urgent need for the Regional Office to move to temporary premises pending the establishment and implementation of a sustainably funded reconstruction strategy. Suitable premises for the temporary move of the Regional Office have been secured and work is on to shift operations before the end of 2017. WHO has agreed to cover the costs of this move for a duration of up to five years. The comprehensive specialized study providing a detailed business case for a recommended solution has been completed, validating earlier findings and setting a total estimated budget of US$ 55.89 million for the combined reconstruction and temporary move of premises. The Government of India has communicated an in-principle agreement to fund and manage the reconstruction project (US$ 35.4 million) and discussions are ongoing to ensure the shortest possible timelines. More than US$ 1 million has been been pledged by Member States other than India thus far towards the Regional Office Building project. The attached working paper was presented to the High-Level Preparatory (HLP) Meeting for its review and recommendations. The HLP Meeting reviewed the paper and made the following recommendations for consideration by the Seventieth Session of the Regional Committee:Action by WHO (1) Provide updates on the SEA Regional Office Building reconstruction project to the Seventieth Session of the Regional Committee. This Working Paper and the HLP Meeting recommendations are submitted to the Seventieth Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia for its consideration and decision.
World Health Organization. Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2017). Management and Governance matters: Status of the SEA Regional Office Building. World Health Organization. Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/258816